Chefs battle it out to create the best chilli

COME DINE WITH ME (KB) MRW 7/1/2013  Christopher Marlowe (57), one of this week's contestants in the TV programme ' Come Dine With Me ' ,  in his beautiful kitchen at his home in Southsea   Picture: Malcolm Wells (1349-3390)
COME DINE WITH ME (KB) MRW 7/1/2013 Christopher Marlowe (57), one of this week's contestants in the TV programme ' Come Dine With Me ' , in his beautiful kitchen at his home in Southsea Picture: Malcolm Wells (1349-3390)
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A CHARITY cook-off at a pub in Southsea will see four chefs battle it out to win over the crowd with their dishes.

The White Horse Pub is hosting a Masterchef-style competition tomorrow at 7pm.

Local chefs Edward Waters, Malcolm Western, Gareth White and Come Dine With Me star Christopher Marlowe are all taking part to cook a chilli con carne dish.

The audience will do a blind taste test and chose the best dish at the end of the evening.

Mr Marlowe, who won an episode of the cooking show that was filmed in Portsmouth, said: ‘I am a little nervous because I’m not the best of cooks.

‘But as soon as I heard it was charity I accepted the challenge.

‘I have been doing lots of trials and trying different ingredients. Some worked and some were terrible.

‘And we’re cooking for 30 guests who will all have different taste buds.

‘I have never cooked for more than six people.

‘But it is something different and I’m very excited.’

Tickets are £10 and all proceeds will be going to charities The Rowans Hospice and Anything For Life, a charity set up by chef Gareth White which helps children with special needs.

Landlord of the pub Dave Reed organised the event and he is looking forward to it finally coming around.

He said: ‘It is nice to do something for charity that is different.

‘People do similar things but it is a good idea and will make for a fun evening.

‘We had to pick a meal that was fairly easy to cook but could be adapted with other ingredients.

‘That way, the chefs can use their own different techniques and a winner will be picked by the audience.’

The evening will have live music and prizes for a raffle which have been donated.

Tickets can be bought on the door.